Police release image of man found dead in plane’s undercarriage

Police trying to identify a man found dead in the undercarriage of a plane at Gatwick Airport have released an e-fit image.

The discovery was made on board a Tui flight which had left Banjul, the Gambian capital, on December 7.

Police are investigating the case to positively identify the man.

Detective Inspector Darren Lillywhite said: “Somewhere this man will have parents or loved ones who won’t know what happened to him.”

Sussex Police work in partnership with the High Commissioner for The Gambia, Interpol and HM Coroner.

“Tragic case”

Detective Inspector Lillywhite said the man would be between 20 and 30 years old.

“It was a tragic case,” he said.

“We hope to be able to identify him for the purposes of an inquest to be carried out by HM Coroner, who can at least provide answers and a conclusion to those who knew him.”

He said police were looking to contact anyone in the UK who might have expected to meet a friend or family member who did not arrive in December.

The 2,760 mile (4,444 km) journey between The Gambia and the UK usually takes around six and a half hours on a direct flight.

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